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News Release 05-055

Duel of the Winds

Powerful winds of two giant stars collide

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Stellar wind collision regions

This graphic shows a time sequence of VLBA images of the wind collision region, superimposed on an artist's diagram of the Wolf-Rayet star (WR) orbiting its giant companion (O). The Wolf-Rayet star will soon explode as a supernova.

Credit: Dougherty et al., NRAO/AUI/NSF

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